Nonconference Finale for @AU_MBasketball in Foggy Bottom

Larry Motuzis and Sa'eed Nelson

Game 11  · American (6-4, 0-0 PL) at George Washington (3-9, 0-0 A10)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 · 2 p.m. · Washington, D.C. (Smith Center)
All-Time Record: American leads, 24-20

Stream: ESPN+
Talent: Geoff Arnold (pxp), Dante Verme (analyst)

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 American  | George Washington

WASHINGTON — The American University men's basketball team concludes its nonleague schedule on Saturday against local rival George Washington. 

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • Sa'eed Nelson finished with 11 points and 11 assists for his second double-double of the season. Nelson nearly eclipsed a triple-double with seven rebounds.
  • Josh Alexander made the most of his time off the bench with seven points. American had six players contribute points off the bench for a season-high 32 points.
  • Sam Iorio had one of his best all-around games with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
  • Larry Motuzis led all scorers with 15 points for the first time this season. Motuzis knocked down 4 of 5 from 3-point land and pulled down four rebounds.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS

  • Not the exact season third-year head coach Maurice Joseph was expecting for the Colonials after dropping the first five games and six of eight to start the campaign.
  • GW lost its starting center and then-leading scorer Arnaldo Toro after the seventh game of the season. Since his departure, GW has started four guards in 11 of 12 games this season. If American plays a larger lineups, the Colonials could struggle in the paint.
  • Illinois-transfer DJ Williams leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game. At six-foot-seven, Williams is also the active leader in rebounds at 5.5 per contest.
  • Terry Nolan Jr. has played effectively in the past five games, averaging 12.4 points per game this season and 24 assists.

ALEXANDER CLAIMS PL ROOKIE AWARD

  • Josh Alexander was the Patriot League Rookie of the Week Award winner after averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game.
  • Against Mount St. Mary's, Alexander had a season-best 12 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. In the week's finale, Alexander had seven points in 11 minutes in a home win against Maryland Eastern Shore.
  • Alexander has appeared in eight of 10 games this season, seventh in team scoring and the top scorer among newcomers averaging 3.4 points per game. From, the field, Alexander is shooting 75 percent from the field (7-12) and perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line.

NEAR TRIPLE-DOUBLE NUMBERS

  • Sam Iorio is the second player during the Brennan era to nearly complete a triple-double without achieving a double-double in the same game. Against Maryland Eastern Shore, Iorio had 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds. 
  • Former Eagle Mark Vasic nearly recorded a triple-double twice. In his first attempt against Navy (2/25/15), Vasic had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. In his next game against Bucknell (2/28/18), he had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
  • Against Saint Francis University, Sa'eed Nelson had a double-double (17 points, 11 assists) but was four rebounds shy of a triple-double. In the previous game against Maryland Eastern Shore, Nelson got a bit closer with 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

BENCH RESCUE

  • Against Maryland Eastern Shore, the AU bench scored a season-best 32 points with contributions from seven different players. Stacy Beckton Jr. led the bench attack with nine points. Josh Alexander and Jacob Boonyasith each had seven points and Jesse Little added six. 
  • The most points scored by an American bench under Coach Brennan was 43 points in a 68-50 road win at New Hampshire on Nov. 28, 2015. Former Eagles James Washington (19) and Delante Jones (11) led the American bench to its first win of the season.

MOTZIS HAS REASONS TO CHEER

  • The Month of December has been a more joyous time for Larry Motuzis. After averaging 4.3 points in November, Motuzis saw a change in December with 11.3 points per game. Motuzis had a pair of 15-point games (Saint Francis and Maryland Eastern Shore) and averaged 12.0 points at Bender Arena in the month. December has always been a good month for Motuzis, as in 10 career games during December, Motuzis is averaging 14.3 points. 

FIRST POINTS FOR …

  • Christian Sutton scored his first collegiate point at the free throw line against Maryland Easter Shore late in the contest. Sutton went 1 of 2 from the line in his second collegiate game.
  • C.B. Diallo scored his first points of the season with a layup in the second half. He went his first five games without a point.